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    Default New 'cachers from Casco

    Hi! My kids - ages 8 1/2 and 5 1/2 - attended an event at the state museum recently where they were able to use a GPS unit and follow the coordinates to answer a riddle. They wanted to TAKE the GPS units with them to do more! So, here I am - searching through recommendations for GPS units and seeing what Geocaching is all about!

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    Wow! You've been a member for 10 minutes and have already found the forums and posted a message! LOL!

    Welcome! Join in often. It can get wild, but is always fun. At the moment, you might notice other members online: Sudonim is a recently married resident of the Bangor area, who just returned from a caching trip (she thinks it was a honeymoon) to Australia. And Starzz is a frequent visitor from Campobello Island, New Brunswick. We're quite a diverse group.

    (Sheesh! I guess I don't need to send you my standard message explaining the capabilities of geocachingMaine.org! LOL!)

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    Welcome! I use a Garmin eTrex Legend for a GPS and it works fine. I got mine from Amazon.com. Once you get started, come on up to Eustis. Stop by, take the kids caching, and if there are any caches you can't find, I'll even help you! All of my caches are "kid friendly".
    "There is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats". Wind In the Willows

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    Well...I actually looked around a lot at 3:00am when I couldn't sleep. (Why would DH wake me up to tell me the Red Sox had won?!)

    But what a nice welcome! Thanks! Eustis is a bit far for us - we're near Sebago Lake - but you never know where our camping next season will take us! (We're going camping this weekend and leaving in about 2 hours...)

    I think we've decided on a team name - Casco 'Cachers - but no on a signature item. That'll be a hard one I think! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maine-iac_Mom View Post
    So, here I am - searching through recommendations for GPS units and seeing what Geocaching is all about!
    As was mentioned, the Garmin eTrex Legend is a good starter unit, which you can get for about $135 at WalMart, or less online. You will probably also hear from advocates of the Magellan brand, but they're a lot like Apple computer owners. Very passionate, but outside the mainstream! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    As was mentioned, the Garmin eTrex Legend is a good starter unit, which you can get for about $135 at WalMart, or less online. You will probably also hear from advocates of the Magellan brand, but they're a lot like Apple computer owners. Very passionate, but outside the mainstream! LOL!
    At least an Apple computer won't get you lost in the woods when you are surfing the net

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    You will probably also hear from advocates of the Magellan brand, but they're a lot like Apple computer owners. Very passionate, but outside the mainstream! LOL!
    you must be talking about ffjake!
    "life is short...make a mess of it!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maine-iac_Mom View Post
    Hi! My kids - ages 8 1/2 and 5 1/2 - attended an event at the state museum recently where they were able to use a GPS unit and follow the coordinates to answer a riddle. They wanted to TAKE the GPS units with them to do more! So, here I am - searching through recommendations for GPS units and seeing what Geocaching is all about!
    First off, welcome to geocachingmaine.org . . . and geocaching in general. I hope you'll find geocaching as fun and rewarding as I have in the short time I have been geocaching . . . it will take you and your family to places that may not be found in any tourism brochure . . . but places that are pretty neat nonetheless.

    As for your question . . . any ol' GPSr will do. In general most folks tend to go with the big two . . . Ford and Chevy . . . oops, I mean Garmin and Magellan.

    There are pros- and cons- to both manufacturers. Garmins seem to be more popular (so if you want to go with the "in-crowd" go with a Garmin ) and have a well-deserved reputation for being tough, reliable and excellent customer service (if you want proof search these threads for Hiram357's many stories about Garmins that he has attempted to drown, drive over and freeze to death. )

    Magellans (the type I own) on other other hand are less popular and have a past reputation for poor customer service (supposedly they have been bought up by another company so this may change and to be honest I've never needed to use their customer service), but if you look around you may find that you can get more "bang for your buck" when you stack up the features of comparable Garmin and Magellan models and bundled packages (i.e. DC chargers, mapping software, etc.) Honestly, one of the major reasons I went with my first Magellan was that I could get a lot more stuff for a lot less money (i.e. color screen, mapping software, DC power adapter, car cradle, etc.)

    As I said however, just about any GPSr will work . . . as long as it is a portable model and not one of those car-based models (which I suppose could work if you were driving with Hiram in his Jeep . . . but otherwise you'd be limiting yourself to roadside caches and the dreaded LPC and GRC -- Lamp Post Caches and Guard Rail Caches.)

    I personally think a GPSr with mapping capability is nice . . . especially if you think you might use it in the future for other purposes such as hiking, kayaking, ATVing, snowmobiling, etc. If you go with one with a mapping ability you'll also want to buy (or get one with a bundled package) that has mapping software since the base maps they pack with these units are pretty basic and don't offer a lot of detail.

    I also prefer my GPSr to have mapping software and the ability to offer turn-by-turn directions as this comes in handy when I'm driving throughout the State looking for caches . . . but this is just me. I also like color screens when I'm navigating in my car or on my ATV or sled, but once again that's just me . . . for geocaching I use an inexpensive black and white screen Magellan which works perfectly fine.

    I guess if I could offer any advice for someone who is looking at getting a unit to try out geocaching I would suggest going with a bottom to middle line product -- one that either allows you to use SD cards (or similar memory adding abilities) or has a decent amount of memory storage and one that has mapping ability.

    Just for the heck of it I checked a few on-line versions of brick-and-mortar stores such as Circuit City, LL Bean, etc. to get an idea of what they're selling mid-entry level GPSr units for -- units with mapping capability.

    Circuit City and Dick's Sporting Goods offers a Garmin Etrex Legend for $140.

    LL Bean also has an Etrex Legend for $149 . . . but one of the best deals that I saw for their Magellan line was a Magellan Explorist 210 bundle package which includes Topo 3D mapping software, a lighter adapter, USB connector for your computer and a carrying case for $199 (this package was also offered at Cabelas.com.) LL Bean also had an Etex Venture CX with a packaged Eastern US topographic map program for $249 . . . this is nice as the CX offers a color screen.

    As stated . . . this was just a quick check of on-line versions of b-and-m stores . . . if you're willing to wait and want a better deal you might want to check places like gpsdirect.com, tigergps.com, anchorexpress.com, etc.

    I should admit however that I am one of those unabashed Magellan users so my opinions might be a bit judgmental one way or the other . . . incidentally I own a Magellan 210 and a Magellan Color Meridian (an older unit no longer manufactured.)
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by becket View Post
    you must be talking about ffjake!
    HaHa . . . I was writing my response before you even popped this up on to the screen.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by becket View Post
    you must be talking about ffjake!
    LOL! Yeah - and Sudonim - and you can see he jumped on me right away! LOL!

    And while we're on the subject of beginner cachers, I again want to encourage people to GO PAPERLESS!

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